Wine Picks LCBO Release April 15, 2017

There is a little something for everyone in this release.  The stars of this release actually seem to be in the cellar selections so think ahead and stock up!



Porconero Fiano 2015 (Campania, Italy)

485201        Score 90 @$16.95

Vintage Panel notes call this a delightfully floral example with fresh pear, green apple, citrus with undertones of savoury herbs.  Easy drinking style – patio sipper, zesty acidity. (Bring on spring!)

Sacred Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand)

490326  Score 90 @21.95

Vintage Panel call this a fine example of refined and impressive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- herbal varietal notes with intense grapefruit citrus with ripe tropical notes and a delicate spice accent.

Attems Pinot Grigio 2015 (Venezia Giulia, Italy)

707950  Score 90  $19.95

Alison Napjus of  describes this as sleek and minerally, refreshing white, creamy in texture with pleasing mix of ripe apricot, pickled ginger, apple blossom and Thai basil.  Other reviews also suggest this has a bit more weight and structure than the average pinot grigio.

And- if you want some  fun patio sippers check out Muralhas de Moncao Vinho Verde 2015  (80374 $15.95) and Casal de Ventozela Espadeiro Rose 2016 (450841 $13.95).  Vinho Verdes are light, crisp, lively (high acid) wines that are highly sippable!



Woods Crampton Barossa Shiraz 2015 (Barossa, South Australia)

478735  Score 93 @ $19.95

Gary Walsh of describes Plum and blue fruits, peanuts in dark chocolate, plenty of spice, touch of stalk, subtle floral perfume; silky, well knit with fine grained graphite tannins, balanced acidity, good length.

Jaspi Negre 2013  (Montsant, Spain)

481085  Score 90 @ $17.95

This gets good value ratings around the web.  Juicy, fruity, approachable, complexity, depth and length.

Michel Gassier Nostre Pais 2014 (Costieres de Nimes, France)

295410  Score 91 @ $21.95

Jeb Dunnuck of cites terrific notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and licorice; serious mid palate depth, integrated acidity and ripe tannins.  Drink now through 2022.


Cellar Selections

The star value in this release is:

Tornatore Nerello Mascalese 2014 (Etna Rosso, Italy). 

487090   Score 93 @$21.95

Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast describes aromas of pressed rose, violet, raspberry and cake spice;  a mineral vein on the palate with layers of ripe wild cherry, black raspbery, white pepper and herbs; velvety tannins and fresh acidity.  Drink 2018 to 2027.

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2014 (Clare Valley, South Australia)

487785  Score 95 @ $21.95

Superlatives abound in reviews around the web on this one.  It is drinking now but critics suggest it will accelerate for another few years.  Balance of citrus, acid, concentration and depth.  Suggest cellaring till 2020, drink by 2024.  A well aged riesling is a beautiful thing.  At this price get a few and try one every couple of years.


2 Replies to “Wine Picks LCBO Release April 15, 2017”

  1. The Michel Gassier is lovely! He also makes a beautiful white blend that is currently in the LCBO that I paired with a toasted crostini topped with melted Camembert and a pear slice and it was a match made in heaven!

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